Early January is a busy period in technology with events such as Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As the Director of Operations for OC Tanner, Kelly Phillipps must stay abreast of new products and software upgrades. He joins Phil, Matt, and Scott in a discussion of what's new or upcoming in the IT world.
The group first discusses the recently announced iPhone from Apple. One of the problems of handheld devices is that more and more people want or need them, but none of them work perfectly. The new Apple device looks interesting, but it will likely have to go through the same period of transition to see whether it will succeed.
Kelly also answers questions about Linux as a desktop alternative in the business setting. He also talks about what an enterprise goes through when popular software, such as Microsoft Windows, releases upgrades. Upgrading is not always automatic, especially when the changes are so radical as to require major re-training and other work to bring users up to speed. Kelly talks about specific situations in his experience. Finally, they talk about open source and its place in an enterprise.
is the Director of Operations for OC Tanner. He is a lifelong student and practitioner of information systems with unique insights on the inner workings of corporate IS. He has more than 20 years of experience in technology and has worked in almost every technical role and many business roles from sales to CEO. Mr. Phillipps is an author and frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and an advisor to technology companies and local government.
Co-host Matt Asay
is vice president of Business Development for Alfresco, the leading open source Enterprise Content Management company. Prior to Alfresco Matt co-founded Novell's Linux Business Office, founded the Open Source Business Conference, and ran embedded Linux vendor Lineo's Network & Communications division. Matt earned a JD from Stanford Law School, where he spent two of his three years studying open source licensing under Professor Lawrence Lessig. He serves on the advisory boards for SugarCRM, JasperSoft, Bungee Labs, MuleSource, and Specifix, and on the board for OSI.
Co-host Scott C. Lemon
is CTO of MediaForge - a next generation viral marketing and web enhancement company - and founder of HumanXtensions - an Internet R&D company. Scott's recent history in the computer industry include several small start-ups, along with being Chief Technologist at SCO, Chief Strategist at Vultus, and holding numerous positions during his four tours of duty at Novell. Scott's expertise ranges from computer and wireless hardware technologies, to networking and distributed software applications. As a futurist studying the patterns of evolution, his past experiences in operating systems - CP/M, DOS, Windows, OS/2, NetWare, UNIX, Linux and others - is allowing him to explore the new levels of abstractions provided by the Internet.